All excellent suggestions. Have you considered using a curl creme like Curl Junkie Coffee Cocoa Curl Creme Iite under a gel so that you can use less gel? The CCCL is moisturizing.

I especially suggest a protein treatment followed by deep conditioning. (Corinna's suggestion).

Best of luck with this and congrats on the upcoming wedding!
2/c-3a Coarse hair med. density.
Protein sensitive but can use occasionally
Highly porous. Color over grey.
I love all the Curl Junkie products and use CJ CCCL as my main styler. Still hoping for 2nd day hair....
Every day is a gift